Well, not the Mets, but according to Adam Rubin, Four Mets out of minor-league options
When players’ performances in spring training are comparable, so many times the competition is won by the player who is out of minor-league options – meaning the player who could not be sent to the minors until he cleared waivers.
There are four fringe players in camp who are on the 40-man roster and out of options: Fernando Nieve, Nelson Figueroa, Pat Misch and Anderson Hernandez.
So, if you believe the Mets care about keeping pitching depth, you’d assume that either Nieve, Figueroa or Misch will win the 5th starter position. Of course, you have to take into account a player’s recent performance, likelihood to be claimed off waivers and potential. Niese has been called up in 08 and 09, so the Mets can option him to the minors this season, but not next.